Bilge Rats

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Bilge Rats
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Type Trading Company
Location Taverns
Set Sail For Adventure

The Bilge Rats are a Trading Company in Sea of Thieves represented in every Outpost's Tavern. The current Bilge Rats Representative is Duke. The Bilge Rats offer various services for Bilge Rat Doubloons and Gold. The main goal of Bilge Rats is to send players on new and exciting Adventures as soon as the opportunity presents itself. As such, the Bilge Rats are often the ones to contact about any current Bilge Rat Adventures, new Items or Mercenary Voyages related to the latest Content Updates.

Unlike other Trading Companies, the Bilge Rats do not care for the Player's Reputation. Instead, they care for their daring deeds on the seas, indicated by their Commendations. For many Commendations, the Bilge Rats gladly offer Bilge Rat Doubloons to spend at their Black Market.

The Bilge Rats[edit | edit source]

Who are the Bilge Rats?[edit | edit source]

The Bilge Rats were formed as a response to the encroaching presence of the Trading Companies. They don’t have a founder or a leader exactly, because they’re all far too independent, but one day a feisty pirate named Larinna and her crew decided that the pirate life was too precious a thing to squander by being too serious.

Not wanting to follow orders or do anything that could even remotely resemble work, they became the Bilge Rats: tenacious, uncontrollable and a bit wild. Their aim is to get together with like-minded louts and go seeking the real Sea of Thieves.

What do the Bilge Rats do?[edit | edit source]

Pirates are many things: scoundrels, heroes, explorers and fighters... But most of all, they’re free. The Bilge Rats are here to ensure that it stays that way, encouraging pirates to follow their noses, be relentless in search of adventure (and trouble), and challenge themselves on the path to Pirate Legend.

The Bilge Rats keep their ears on the pulse of the Seas and their fingers to the Ground! They pride themselves on catching all the best rumours by exploring, adventuring and spending a lot (like, a lot) of time in the Taverns! So whenever something changes on The Sea of Thieves, they know about it and can usually turn it into a game or contest by lunchtime. What’s the point in being a pirate if you can’t prove that you’re the best pirate with some ridiculous stunt?

For example, the Bilge Rats themselves have gone out to the remotest locations to build Skeleton Thrones, challenging all-comers to find all 10 and take a seat on top of the world. They want pirates to pursue adventure (or misadventure) wherever it presents itself.

Recent Developments[edit | edit source]

Warning: SPOILERS to The Seabound Soul Tall Tale ahead! They also have a larger mysterious agenda, as shown by the Company's activities starting from the Dark Relics Update, which saw players gather and deliver the enigmatic Reaper’s Chests and Ritual Artefacts en masse to Duke who has presumably hatched some sort of plan with the newly reformed Stitcher Jim and his beloved, a Masked Stranger. The Smuggler’s Fortune update saw Jim, Duke and the Stranger working out a plan to take all the Bones left-over from Reaper's Chests, place them in Rag & Bone Crates and have them delivered across Seaposts all across the Seas to perform some sort of a Ritual with Dark Relics in the middle of the Seas at Shipwreck Bay. Followed by the Fort of the Damned location that saw the resurrection of the Ghost of Graymarrow by using a specific Ritual, the Ritual at Shipwreck Bay was finally complete by The Seabound Soul (Content Update). The Ritual released Sir Arthur Pendragon from being cursed inside his own portrait on the wreck of his Ship the Blackwyche, where he was placed by Graymarrow himself. During the Tall Tale, Pendragon mentions that a mysterious stranger freed him with a Ritual and set him towards releasing the souls of three other cursed Captains. This Stranger was almost certainly tied to the Bilge Rats. Shamefully, Pendragon and the Player were tricked into releasing Captain Flameheart. Preceding this, Duke left Stitcher Jim in watch of the Black Market, while he searches for Larinna regarding this recent "skeletal activity". The Masked Stranger retreated to Wanda’s Hideout to work on something behind closed doors. With the Festival of Giving, the Masked Stranger returned to her spot at the now newly charted and named The Reaper’s Hideout at the previously uncharted reef at I/J-12. She is collecting Gifts in behalf of Stitcher Jim who is still taking care of the Black Market for Duke.

NPCs[edit | edit source]

Unlike the other Trading Companies, the Bilge Rats Company has only one Representative of note who curiously seems to appear at every single Tavern in the major Outposts at the same time:

  • Duke - The current Bilge Rats representative.
  • Stitcher Jim - The previous Bilge Rats Representative, currently away tending to unknown business
  • Masked Stranger - Stitcher Jim's "Beloved", hiding her identity behind a mask and a dark robe. She likes drawing and seems to have intricate knowledge of dark Rituals.
  • Larinna - The founder of the Bilge Rats, currently missing.

Bilge Rat Doubloons[edit | edit source]

Main article: Bilge Rat Doubloons

Doubloons are the official Currency of the Bilge Rats and can be acquired in various ways:

Services[edit | edit source]

The Bilge Rats often explain any new features added to Sea of Thieves and send players on large-scale Bilge Rat Adventures related to these features. First of all, the Bilge Rats set certain goals and feats for the Player Pirates to achieve in the form of Commendations. The Bilge Rats pay for these feats with Bilge Rat Doubloons that can be spent at their Black Market for time-limited Cosmetics, unique Mercenary Voyages, Letters of Recommendation to prove your worth to other Trading Companies or simple Currency Exchange for swapping the Doubloons for Gold.

The Black Market[edit | edit source]

Main article: Black Market

With each Content Update that is released as a part of Bilge Rat Adventures or Mercenary Voyages, various Time-Limited Items tied to these Events are offered by the Bilge Rats. Each month, the Black Market offers new Cosmetics and Mercenary Voyages for Doubloons and Gold.

Commendations[edit | edit source]

See the Commendations page for a complete, comprehensive list of Bilge Rat Events & their Commendations.

Completing Bilge Rat Commendations award Bilge Rat Doubloons, a currency for Time-Limited items. Some Commendations are time-limited to the duration of the event (especially any Commendations related to Mercenary Voyages), but most everything tied to Bilge Rat Adventures will be permanently available.